This puts a whole new meaning on Black Friday. Not only is this article tragic and sad, it does not shine a very appealing light on “holiday shoppers.” Whatever happened to civility and manners while entering a store or a business. Is a person’s life worth getting that discount of $5 or maybe $10 on a piece of merchandise? I think not. To trample a young man and take the doors off their hinges to save a few dollars and be first in line is not in anyway shape or form considered civilized behavior. Here is the sad story of how this young man lost his life this morning.
A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.
The 34-year-old worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.
Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.
“He was bum-rushed by 200 people,” said Jimmy Overby, 43, a co-worker. “They took the doors off the hinges. He was trampled and killed in front of me. They took me down too…I literally had to fight people off my back.”
The unidentified victim was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:03 a.m., police said.
I can’t believe that no one stopped to help him or make sure he was okay. My sympathies go out to this man’s family. I hope that the security cameras caught each and every person that trampled this man to death and that they are prosecuted. What a truly shameful display and disregard for human life.